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Image: Niwamanya Shallon (at left) and Pamela Obonde anoint each other for healing in the closing ritual of the December 2019 Sister Care/Compassionate Care seminar held in Uganda. (Credit: Esther Muhagachi)

Niwamanya Shallon (at left) and Pamela Obonde anoint each other for healing in the closing ritual of the December 2019 Sister Care/Compassionate Care seminar held in Uganda. (Credit: Esther Muhagachi)

By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen / Mennonite Mission Network

In December 2019, a Sister Care seminar in Uganda added a Compassionate Care component — an adaptation of the Mennonite Women trauma healing materials for men — to empower 26 church and community leaders from all parts of Uganda. The addition came about because the first Sister Care seminar held in Uganda in 2016 was so much appreciated that men asked to be included in the second one.

“I am so grateful that Sister Care has added the Compassionate Care component to include men,” said Esther Muhagachi of Dodoma, Tanzania, a Master of Divinity student at AMBS and director of Grace and Healing Ministry in Dodoma. “Many cultures do not allow men to cry. This makes men vulnerable to the trauma. I am sure through Sister Care and Compassionate Care that many women and men will receive healing.”

Muhagachi, who helped lead the 2016 training in Uganda, returned for the December 2019 event and was assisted by David B. Miller, D.Min., Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center, and Pamela Obonde of Nairobi, Kenya, who works at Angolo Community Development Centre in Nairobi. Obonde serves alongside her husband, Patrick Obonde, a Mennonite pastor and MA: Theology and Peace Studies student at AMBS. She is also studying theology.

“It was a privilege to partner with Esther, Pamela and Patience [Tumuramye] to introduce Compassionate Care in Uganda,” Miller said. “We are learning in this process to work at matters of healing and equality as women and men together in Christ.”

Read the full article from Mennonite Mission Network  
(above excerpt shared with permission)


See also a related article about the Compassionate Care: Equipping Leaders for Healing Ministry seminar held for international couples at AMBS in April 2019, which helped lay the groundwork for the December 2019 seminar in Uganda.


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